Ricky Gervais Hosted the Golden Globes, and Some ‘Comedies’ Won Them

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Last night was the Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, the most self-satisfied insult comic on Earth. As promised, he made fun of celebrities, the awards themselves, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Thanks to the overhyping of his “danger” by both NBC and Gervais himself, I don’t think there was any way that he could live up to the expectations. That’s his monologue up there, which contains the lion’s share of his material for the night. Unlike the Oscars, the host really just does the monologue and comes back a couple times throughout the ceremony at the Globes.

As for the awards themselves, the show continued it’s pattern of handing out awards to non-comedies in the comedies section. Not that good movies didn’t win! But is My Week with Marilyn really a comedy? Is The Artist? Why even have a comedy category if you’re going to always put in a couple of light dramas and give them the awards? In any case, here’s the list of winners pertinent to our interests:

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Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

The Artist

50/50

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

My Week With Marilyn

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Director – Motion Picture

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Animated Feature Film

The Adventures of Tintin

Arthur Christmas

Cars 2

Puss in Boots

Rango

Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Jodie Foster, Carnage

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks, Drive

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

TV

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

Modern Family, ABC

Enlightened, HBO

Episodes, Showtime

Glee, FOX

New Girl, FOX

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

David Duchovny, Californication

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Thomas Jane, Hung

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, Or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Best Performance By An Actor in A Supporting Role in A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail

Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce

Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Idris Elba, Luther

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

William Hurt, To Big to Fail

Bill Nighy, Page Eight

Dominic West, The Hour

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation